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Girardi: Bobby V. will add “spunk” to rivalry

Joe Girardi didn’t spend too much time in the opposing dugout from Bobby Valentine during his playing days; there were the Subway Series from 1997-1999, and a few random Cubs-Mets series from 2000-02. But there will be 18 head-to-head meetings with Valentine and the Red Sox beginning this year, and Girardi thinks it’ll change the rivalry somewhat.

“Bobby is a guy that knows how to manage and I think he’s going to add a lot,” Girardi said at the Hilton Anatole, where he arrived on Tuesday. “Bobby adds some spunk to his clubs, there’s no doubt about it. I didn’t get to witness him first-hand a lot, but Bobby has been successful wherever he’s went. It should be exciting.”

Girardi: Yankees’ rotation may be set

Yankees manager Joe Girardi tells the New York Daily News that he expects to go into the 2012 season with a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.

“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi told the newspaper in a Tuesday telephone interview. “Our pitching was really overlooked last year, I thought. We threw the ball well all year long. Will we try to add one more veteran arm? It’s possible, but I feel pretty good about the guys we have in camp right now.”

Girardi does not seem to be expecting a big free agent along the lines of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle or Edwin Jackson to be arriving in the Bronx.

“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching and it can cost you.”

The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.

Girardi isn’t sure if ’12 will be Rivera’s last season

Joe Girardi chatted over the weekend with Nick Friedell of, and the Yankees manager — while taking in some Michigan St.-Northwestern football — said that he hasn’t received any indication that 2012 will be Mariano Rivera’s final season.

“No, not necessarily,” Girardi told the Web site. “I think Mo takes it year by year and, depending on how he does, that will determine when it’s time for him to retire.”

Rivera will turn 42 tomorrow and, as he seems to every time there’s a contract in his future, has been rather non-committal about pitching beyond its 2012 expiration.

Girardi also chatted about some Chicago-related topics, including his satisfaction in New York, Dale Sveum’s chances in the Cubs managerial chair and Theo Epstein’s arrival in the Windy City.

Game 151: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO — Will Canada see history? Well, there’s at least a chance. Joe Girardi was asked pregame today if there was any way he’d put somebody else in if there’s a save situation so that Mariano Rivera can get the saves record at Yankee Stadium (where the Yanks begin an eight-game homestand Monday). The answer was what you’d expect: Not a chance.

Girardi did nail down his rotation for early next week: Ivan Nova will pitch on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes will start Wednesday’s doubleheader (not sure what order yet) and Bartolo Colon will go on Thursday. As for the lineup? Joe wants to give some guys a little rest.

“The guys have been going so hard, I figured we have an important 10 days coming up, try to give them a little bit of a blow,” Girardi said. “[Curtis Granderson] and [Derek Jeter] have really struggled against [Brandon] Morrow in their career, and I just thought today would be the day.”

Without further ado …

YANKEES (91-59)
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Robinson Cano, DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Chris Dickerson, LF
Ramiro Pena, SS
Pitching: RH Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71 ERA)

BLUE JAYS (76-75)
Mike McCoy, SS
Eric Thames, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Colby Rasmus, CF
J.P. Arencibia, C
Pitching: Morrow (9-11, 5.23 ERA)

Some links from Saturday …

* Yanks win, Mo ties the save record, A-Rod goes deep, Grandy gets to 40

* Rivera one away from saves record

* Yankees Notebook, on A-Rod, Hughes, CC, Posada, etc.

* Mo can set record as Yanks try to lower number



With 6-man staff, rotation questions loom for Yanks

TORONTO — The decision to go to a six-man rotation isn’t as cut-and-dry as “it gives those veteran arms an extra day of rest.” Just ask Freddy Garcia, Sunday’s starter and a guy you’d think would be perfectly suited to get extra time in between starts. Talking to him Saturday, he sounded rather peeved at the idea that he has to wait so long to make his outings. Sure, he’s 34 and has probably already thrown more innings (136) than the Yankees expected to get from him all season.

But he doesn’t feel pitching on five- or six-days’ rest is in any way ideal.

“You want to pitch every five days, man,” Garcia (pictured left by The Associated Press) said. “You get used to pitching every five days. It’s too long. Seven days, it’s a long time. But, you know, that’s the way it is right now. You have to deal with that.”

Garcia and 38-year-old Bartolo Colon — who has thrown 156 innings so far — each have higher career ERAs on five days’ rest than they do with the standard four. But the bigest problem may be ace CC Sabathia, who has a 4.56 ERA in his last eight starts, with seven of those coming on extended rest.

“We have a six-man rotation, so what are you going to do?” Garcia said. “That’s what we got.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has kept his staff at six games for almost two months now, and he’ll keep it that way at least through Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Rays. After that, it’s time for some tough choices. Who will be sent to the bullpen? Who will make up the postseason rotation? And, perhaps most importantly, how is he going to make it so that CC starts Game 1 of the American League Division Series?

Girardi is dodging any postseason questions right now because he just wants to clinch first. But tough decisions are on the horizon.

If you had to pare the rotation down to four for the playoffs right now, who would it be? …



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